The Info List - Capsaicin

(/kæpˈseɪ.ɪsɪn/ (INN); 8-methyl-N-vanillyl-6-nonenamide) is an active component of chili peppers, which are plants belonging to the genus Capsicum. It is an irritant for mammals, including humans, and produces a sensation of burning in any tissue with which it comes into contact. Capsaicin
and several related compounds are called capsaicinoids and are produced as secondary metabolites by chili peppers, probably as deterrents against certain mammals and fungi.[3] Pure capsaicin is a hydrophobic, colorless, highly pungent,[2] crystalline to waxy compound.


1 History 2 Capsaicinoids 3 Biosynthesis

3.1 History 3.2 Biosynthetic pathway

4 Natural function 5 Uses

5.1 Food 5.2 Research and pharmaceutical use 5.3 Pepper spray
Pepper spray
and pests 5.4 Equestrian sports

6 Mechanism of action 7 Toxicity

7.1 Acute health effects 7.2 Treatment after exposure 7.3 Effects on weight loss and regain

8 See also 9 References

9.1 Footnotes

10 Further reading 11 External links

History[edit] The compound was first extracted in impure form in 1816 by Christian Friedrich Bucholz (1770–1818).[4] He called it "capsicin", after the genus Capsicum
from which it was extracted. John Clough Thresh (1850–1932), who had isolated capsaicin in almost pure form,[5][6] gave it the name "capsaicin" in 1876.[7] Karl Micko isolated capsaicin in its pure form in 1898.[8][9] Capsaicin's chemical composition was first determined by E. K. Nelson in 1919, who also partially elucidated capsaicin's chemical structure.[10] Capsaicin
was first synthesized in 1930 by Ernst Spath and Stephen F. Darling.[11] In 1961, similar substances were isolated from chili peppers by the Japanese chemists S. Kosuge and Y. Inagaki, who named them capsaicinoids.[12][13] In 1873 German pharmacologist Rudolf Buchheim[14] (1820–1879) and in 1878 the Hungarian doctor Endre Hőgyes[15] stated that "capsicol" (partially purified capsaicin[16]) caused the burning feeling when in contact with mucous membranes and increased secretion of gastric acid. Capsaicinoids[edit] The most commonly occurring capsaicinoids are capsaicin (69%), dihydrocapsaicin (22%), nordihydrocapsaicin (7%), homocapsaicin (1%), and homodihydrocapsaicin (1%) [17] Besides the five natural capsaicinoids (table below), one synthetic member of the capsaicinoid family exists: vanillylamide of n-nonanoic acid (VNA, also PAVA) used as a reference substance for determining the relative pungency of capsaicinoids.[citation needed]

Capsaicinoid name Abbrev. Typical relative amount Scoville heat units Chemical structure

Capsaicin C 69% 16,000,000

Dihydrocapsaicin DHC 22% 15,000,000

Nordihydrocapsaicin NDHC 7% 9,100,000

Homodihydrocapsaicin HDHC 1% 8,600,000

Homocapsaicin HC 1% 8,600,000

Nonivamide PAVA


Biosynthesis[edit] History[edit] The general biosynthetic pathway of capsaicin and other capsaicinoids was elucidated in the 1960s by Bennett and Kirby, and Leete and Louden. Radiolabeling studies identified phenylalanine and valine as the precursors to capsaicin.[18][19] Enzymes of the phenylpropanoid pathway, phenylalanine ammonia lyase (PAL), cinnamate 4-hydroxylase (C4H), caffeic acid O-methyltransferase (COMT) and their function in capsaicinoid biosynthesis were identified later by Fujiwake et al.,[20][21] and Sukrasno and Yeoman.[22] Suzuki et al. are responsible for identifying leucine as another precursor to the branched-chain fatty acid pathway.[23] It was discovered in 1999 that pungency of chili peppers is related to higher transcription levels of key enzymes of the phenylpropanoid pathway, phenylalanine ammonia lyase, cinnamate 4-hydroxylase, caffeic acid O-methyltransferase. Similar studies showed high transcription levels in the placenta of chili peppers with high pungency of genes responsible for branched-chain fatty acid pathway.[24] Biosynthetic pathway[edit] Plants exclusively of the Capsicum
genus produce capsaicinoids, which are alkaloids.[25] Capsaicin
is believed to be synthesized in the interlocular septum of chili peppers and depends on the gene AT3, which resides at the pun1 locus, and which encodes a putative acyltransferase.[26] Biosynthesis of the capsaicinoids occurs in the glands of the pepper fruit where capsaicin synthase condenses vanillylamine from the phenylpropanoid pathway with an acyl-CoA moiety produced by the branched-chain fatty acid pathway.[27][28][29][30] Capsaicin
is the most abundant capsaicinoid found in the Capsicum genus, but at least ten other capsaicinoid variants exist.[31] Phenylalanine supplies the precursor to the phenylpropanoid pathway while leucine or valine provide the precursor for the branched-chain fatty acid pathway.[27][28] To produce capsaicin, 8-methyl-6-nonenoyl-CoA is produced by the branched-chain fatty acid pathway and condensed with vanillamine. Other capsaicinoids are produced by the condensation of vanillamine with various acyl-CoA products from the branched-chain fatty acid pathway, which is capable of producing a variety of acyl-CoA moieties of different chain length and degrees of unsaturation.[32] All condensation reactions between the products of the phenylpropanoid and branched-chain fatty acid pathway are mediated by capsaicin synthase to produce the final capsacinoid product.[27][28]

Vanillamine is a product of the phenylpropanoid pathway

Valine enters the branched fatty acid pathway to produce 8-methyl-6-nonenoyl-CoA

synthase condenses vanillamine and 8-methy-6-nonenoyl CoA to produce capsaicin

Natural function[edit] Capsaicin
is present in large quantities in the placental tissue (which holds the seeds), the internal membranes and, to a lesser extent, the other fleshy parts of the fruits of plants in the genus Capsicum. The seeds themselves do not produce any capsaicin, although the highest concentration of capsaicin can be found in the white pith of the inner wall, where the seeds are attached.[33] The seeds of Capsicum
plants are dispersed predominantly by birds: in birds, the TRPV1
channel does not respond to capsaicin or related chemicals (avian vs. mammalian TRPV1
show functional diversity and selective sensitivity). This is advantageous to the plant, as chili pepper seeds consumed by birds pass through the digestive tract and can germinate later, whereas mammals have molar teeth which destroy such seeds and prevent them from germinating. Thus, natural selection may have led to increasing capsaicin production because it makes the plant less likely to be eaten by animals that do not help it disperse.[34] There is also evidence that capsaicin may have evolved as an anti-fungal agent:[35] the fungal pathogen Fusarium, which is known to infect wild chilies and thereby reduce seed viability, is deterred by capsaicin, which thus limits this form of predispersal seed mortality. In 2006, it was discovered that the venom of a certain tarantula species activates the same pathway of pain as is activated by capsaicin; this was the first demonstrated case of such a shared pathway in both plant and animal anti-mammal defense.[36] Uses[edit] Food[edit]


Because of the burning sensation caused by capsaicin when it comes in contact with mucous membranes, it is commonly used in food products to provide added spice or "heat" (piquancy), usually in the form of spices such as chili powder and paprika.[37] In high concentrations, capsaicin will also cause a burning effect on other sensitive areas, such as skin or eyes.[38] The degree of heat found within a food is often measured on the Scoville scale.[37] Because people enjoy the heat,[37] there has long been a demand for capsaicin-spiced products like curry, chili con carne, and hot sauces such as Tabasco sauce
Tabasco sauce
and salsa.[37] It is common for people to experience pleasurable and even euphoric effects from ingesting capsaicin.[37] Folklore among self-described "chiliheads" attributes this to pain-stimulated release of endorphins, a different mechanism from the local receptor overload that makes capsaicin effective as a topical analgesic.[38] Research and pharmaceutical use[edit] Capsaicin
is used as an analgesic in topical ointments, nasal sprays (Sinol-M), and dermal patches to relieve pain, typically in concentrations between 0.025% and 0.1%.[39] It may be applied in cream form for the temporary relief of minor aches and pains of muscles and joints associated with arthritis, backache, strains and sprains, often in compounds with other rubefacients.[39] It is also used to reduce the symptoms of peripheral neuropathy such as post-herpetic neuralgia caused by shingles.[39] Capsaicin transdermal patch (Qutenza) for the management of this particular therapeutic indication (pain due to post-herpetic neuralgia) was approved as a therapeutic by the U.S. FDA,[40] but a subsequent application for Qutenza
to be used as an analgesic in HIV
neuralgia was refused.[41] Although capsaicin creams have been used to treat psoriasis for reduction of itching,[39][42][43] a review of six clinical trials involving topical capsaicin for treatment of pruritus concluded there was insufficient evidence of effect.[44] There is insufficient clinical evidence to determine the role of ingested capsaicin on a variety of human disorders, including obesity, diabetes, cancer and cardiovascular diseases.[39] Pepper spray
Pepper spray
and pests[edit] Capsaicin
is also an active ingredient in riot control and personal defense pepper spray agents.[45][46][47] When the spray comes in contact with skin, especially eyes or mucous membranes, it produces pain and breathing difficulty, discouraging protestors and assailants. Refer to the Scoville scale
Scoville scale
for a comparison of pepper spray to other sources of capsaicin. Capsaicin
is also used to deter pests, specifically mammalian pests. Targets of capsaicin repellants include voles, deer, rabbits, squirrels, bears, insects, and attacking dogs.[48] Ground or crushed dried chili pods may be used in birdseed to deter rodents,[49] taking advantage of the insensitivity of birds to capsaicin. The Elephant Pepper Development Trust claims the use of chili peppers to improve crop security for rural African communities[citation needed]. Notably, an article published in the Journal of Environmental Science and Health in 2006 states that "Although hot chili pepper extract is commonly used as a component of household and garden insect-repellent formulas, it is not clear that the capsaicinoid elements of the extract are responsible for its repellency."[50] The first pesticide product using solely capsaicin as the active ingredient was registered with the U.S. Department of Agriculture in 1962.[48] Equestrian sports[edit] Capsaicin
is a banned substance in equestrian sports because of its hypersensitizing and pain-relieving properties. At the show jumping events of the 2008 Summer Olympics, four horses tested positive for the substance, which resulted in disqualification.[51] Mechanism of action[edit] The burning and painful sensations associated with capsaicin result from its chemical interaction with sensory neurons. Capsaicin, as a member of the vanilloid family, binds to a receptor called the vanilloid receptor subtype 1 (TRPV1).[52] First cloned in 1997, TRPV1 is an ion channel-type receptor.[53] TRPV1, which can also be stimulated with heat, protons and physical abrasion, permits cations to pass through the cell membrane when activated. The resulting depolarization of the neuron stimulates it to signal the brain. By binding to the TRPV1
receptor, the capsaicin molecule produces similar sensations to those of excessive heat or abrasive damage, explaining why the spiciness of capsaicin is described as a burning sensation. Early research showed capsaicin to evoke a long-onset current in comparison to other chemical agonists, suggesting the involvement of a significant rate-limiting factor.[54] Subsequent to this, the TRPV1 ion channel has been shown to be a member of the superfamily of TRP ion channels, and as such is now referred to as TRPV1. There are a number of different TRP ion channels that have been shown to be sensitive to different ranges of temperature and probably are responsible for our range of temperature sensation. Thus, capsaicin does not actually cause a chemical burn, or indeed any direct tissue damage at all, when chili peppers are the source of exposure. The inflammation resulting from exposure to capsaicin is believed to be the result of the body's reaction to nerve excitement. For example, the mode of action of capsaicin in inducing bronchoconstriction is thought to involve stimulation of C fibers[55] culminating in the release of neuropeptides. In essence, the body inflames tissues as if it has undergone a burn or abrasion and the resulting inflammation can cause tissue damage in cases of extreme exposure, as is the case for many substances that cause the body to trigger an inflammatory response. Toxicity[edit] Acute health effects[edit] Capsaicin
is a strong irritant requiring proper protective goggles, respirators, and proper hazardous material-handling procedures. Capsaicin
takes effect upon skin contact (irritant, sensitizer), eye contact (irritant), ingestion, and inhalation (lung irritant, lung sensitizer). LD50 in mice is 47.2 mg/kg.[56][57] Painful exposures to capsaicin-containing peppers are among the most common plant-related exposures presented to poison centers.[58] They cause burning or stinging pain to the skin and, if ingested in large amounts by adults or small amounts by children, can produce nausea, vomiting, abdominal pain, and burning diarrhea. Eye exposure produces intense tearing, pain, conjunctivitis, and blepharospasm.[59] When used for weight loss in capsules, there has been a report of heart attack; this was thought to be due to excess sympathetic output.[60] Treatment after exposure[edit] The primary treatment is removal from exposure. Contaminated clothing should be removed and placed in airtight bags to prevent secondary exposure. For external exposure, bathing the mucous membrane surfaces that have contacted capsaicin with oily compounds such as vegetable oil, paraffin oil, petroleum jelly (Vaseline), creams, or polyethylene glycol is the most effective way to attenuate the associated discomfort;[citation needed] since oil and capsaicin are both hydrophobic hydrocarbons the capsaicin that has not already been absorbed into tissues will be picked up into solution and easily removed. Capsaicin
can also be washed off the skin using soap, shampoo, or other detergents. Plain water is ineffective at removing capsaicin,[56] as are bleach, sodium metabisulfite and topical antacid suspensions.[citation needed] Capsaicin
is soluble in alcohol, which can be used to clean contaminated items.[56] When capsaicin is ingested, cold milk is an effective way to relieve the burning sensation (due to caseins having a detergent effect on capsaicin[61]); and room-temperature sugar solution (10%) at 20 °C (68 °F) is almost as effective.[62] The burning sensation will slowly fade away over several hours if no actions are taken. Capsaicin-induced asthma might be treated with oral antihistamines or corticosteroids.[59] Effects on weight loss and regain[edit] There is no evidence showing that weight loss is directly correlated with ingesting capsaicin. Well-designed clinical studies have not been performed because the pungency of capsaicin in prescribed doses under research prevents subject compliance.[63] See also[edit]

Allicin, the active piquant flavor chemical in uncooked garlic, and to a lesser extent onions (see those articles for discussion of other chemicals in them relating to pungency, and eye irritation) Allyl isothiocyanate
Allyl isothiocyanate
(also allyl mercaptan), the active piquant chemical in mustard, radishes, horseradish, and wasabi Capsazepine, capsaicin antagonist Gingerol
and shogaol, the active piquant flavor chemicals in ginger List of investigational analgesics Naga Viper
Naga Viper
pepper, Bhut Jolokia Pepper, Carolina Reaper, Trinidad Moruga Scorpion; some of the world's most capsaicin-rich fruits Resiniferatoxin, an ultrapotent capsaicin analog in Euphorbia
plants syn-Propanethial-S-oxide, the major active piquant chemical in onions Piperine, the active piquant flavor chemical in black pepper

References[edit] Footnotes[edit]

^ ChemSpider
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Harvey W. Felter and John U. Lloyd, King's American Dispensatory (Cincinnati, Ohio: Ohio Valley Co., 1898), vol. 1, page 435. Available on-line at: Henriette's Herbal. Andrew G. Du Mez, "A century of the United States pharmocopoeia 1820–1920. I. The galenical oleoresins" (Ph.D. dissertation, University of Wisconsin, 1917), pages 111–132. Available on-line at: Archive.org. C. F. Bucholz (1816) "Chemische Untersuchung der trockenen reifen spanischen Pfeffers" [Chemical investigation of dry, ripe Spanish peppers], Almanach oder Taschenbuch für Scheidekünstler und Apotheker (Weimar) [Almanac or Pocket-book for Analysts (Chemists) and Apothecaries], vol. 37, pages 1–30. [Note: Christian Friedrich Bucholz's surname has been variously spelled as "Bucholz", "Bucholtz", or "Buchholz".] The results of Bucholz's and Braconnot's analyses of Capsicum
annuum appear in: Jonathan Pereira, The Elements of Materia Medica and Therapeutics, 3rd U.S. ed. (Philadelphia, Pennsylvania: Blanchard and Lea, 1854), vol. 2, page 506. Biographical information about Christian Friedrich Bucholz is available in: Hugh J. Rose, Henry J. Rose, and Thomas Wright, ed.s, A New General Biographical Dictionary (London, England: 1857), vol. 5, page 186. Biographical information about C. F. Bucholz is also available (in German) on-line at: Allgemeine Deutsche Biographie. Some other early investigators who also extracted the active component of peppers:

Benjamin Maurach (1816) "Pharmaceutisch-chemische Untersuchung des spanischen Pfeffers" (Pharmaceutical-chemical investigation of Spanish peppers), Berlinisches Jahrbuch für die Pharmacie, vol. 17, pages 63–73. Abstracts of Maurach's paper appear in: (i) Repertorium für die Pharmacie, vol. 6, page 117-119 (1819); (ii) Allgemeine Literatur-Zeitung, vol. 4, no. 18, page 146 (Feb. 1821); (iii) "Spanischer oder indischer Pfeffer", System der Materia medica ..., vol. 6, pages 381–386 (1821) (this reference also contains an abstract of Bucholz's analysis of peppers). French chemist Henri Braconnot
Henri Braconnot
(1817) "Examen chemique du Piment, de son principe âcre, et de celui des plantes de la famille des renonculacées" (Chemical investigation of the chili pepper, of its pungent principle [constituent, component], and of that of plants of the family Ranunculus), Annales de Chemie et de Physique, vol. 6, pages 122- 131. Danish geologist Johann Georg Forchhammer
Johann Georg Forchhammer
in: Hans C. Oersted (1820) "Sur la découverte de deux nouveaux alcalis végétaux" (On the discovery of two new plant alkalis), Journal de physique, de chemie, d'histoire naturelle et des arts, vol. 90, pages 173–174. German apothecary Ernst Witting (1822) "Considerations sur les bases vegetales en general, sous le point de vue pharmaceutique et descriptif de deux substances, la capsicine et la nicotianine" (Thoughts on the plant bases in general from a pharmaceutical viewpoint, and description of two substances, capsicin and nicotine), Beiträge für die pharmaceutische und analytische Chemie, vol. 3, pages 43ff.

^ In a series of articles, J. C. Thresh obtained capsaicin in almost pure form:

J. C. Thresh (1876) "Isolation of capsaicin," The Pharmaceutical Journal and Transactions, 3rd series, vol. 6, pages 941–947; J. C. Thresh (8 July 1876) "Capsaicin, the active principle in Capsicum
fruits," The Pharmaceutical Journal and Transactions, 3rd series, vol. 7, no. 315, pages 21 ff. [Note: This article is summarized in: "Capsaicin, the active principle in Capsicum
fruits," The Analyst, vol. 1, no. 8, pages 148–149, (1876).]. In The Pharmaceutical Journal and Transactions, volume 7, see also pages 259ff and 473 ff and in vol. 8, see pages 187ff; Year Book of Pharmacy… (1876), pages 250 and 543; J. C. Thresh (1877) "Note on Capsaicin," Year Book of Pharmacy…, pages 24–25; J. C. Thresh (1877) "Report on the active principle of Cayenne pepper," Year Book of Pharmacy..., pages 485–488.

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Further reading[edit]

Abdel-Salam, Omar M. E. [ed.]: Capsaicin
as a Therapeutic
Molecule. Springer, 2014. ISBN 978-3-0348-0827-9 (print); ISBN 978-3-0348-0828-6 (eBook).

External links[edit]

Wikimedia Commons has media related to Capsaicin.

Look up capsaicin in Wiktionary, the free dictionary.

Technical Fact Sheet – National Pesticide Information Center Fire and Spice: The molecular basis for flavor

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TRP channel modulators



4-Hydroxynonenal 4-Oxo-2-nonenal 4,5-EET 12S-HpETE 15-Deoxy-Δ12,14-prostaglandin J2 α- Sanshool
(ginger, Sichuan and melegueta peppers) Acrolein Allicin
(garlic) Allyl isothiocyanate
Allyl isothiocyanate
(mustard, radish, horseradish, wasabi) AM404 Bradykinin Cannabichromene
(cannabis) Cannabidiol
(cannabis) Cannabigerol
(cannabis) Cinnamaldehyde
(cinnamon) CR gas
CR gas
(dibenzoxazepine; DBO) CS gas
CS gas
(2-chlorobenzal malononitrile) Curcumin
(turmeric) Dehydroligustilide (celery) Diallyl disulfide Dicentrine
( Lindera
spp.) Farnesyl thiosalicylic acid Formalin Gingerols (ginger) Hepoxilin A3 Hepoxilin B3 Hydrogen peroxide Icilin Isothiocyanate Ligustilide (celery, Angelica acutiloba) Linalool
(Sichuan pepper, thyme) Methylglyoxal Methyl salicylate
Methyl salicylate
(wintergreen) N-Methylmaleimide Nicotine
(tobacco) Oleocanthal
(olive oil) Paclitaxel
(Pacific yew) Paracetamol
(acetaminophen) PF-4840154 Phenacyl chloride Polygodial
(Dorrigo pepper) Shogaols (ginger, Sichuan and melegueta peppers) Tear gases Tetrahydrocannabinol
(cannabis) Thiopropanal S-oxide
Thiopropanal S-oxide
(onion) Umbellulone
(Umbellularia californica) WIN 55,212-2


Dehydroligustilide (celery) Nicotine
(tobacco) Ruthenium red



(St John's wort) Diacyl glycerol GSK1702934A Hyperforin
(St John's wort) Substance P


DCDPC DHEA-S Flufenamic acid GSK417651A GSK2293017A Meclofenamic acid N-(p-amylcinnamoyl)anthranilic acid Niflumic acid Pregnenolone sulfate Progesterone Pyr3 Tolfenamic acid



ADP-ribose BCTC Calcium
(intracellular) Cold Coolact P Cooling Agent 10 CPS-369 Eucalyptol
(eucalyptus) Frescolat MGA Frescolat ML Geraniol Hydroxycitronellal Icilin Linalool Menthol
(mint) PMD 38 Pregnenolone sulfate Rutamarin (Ruta graveolens) Steviol glycosides (e.g., stevioside) (Stevia rebaudiana) Sweet tastants (e.g., glucose, fructose, sucrose; indirectly) Thio-BCTC WS-3 WS-12 WS-23


Capsazepine Clotrimazole DCDPC Flufenamic acid Meclofenamic acid Mefenamic acid N-(p-amylcinnamoyl)anthranilic acid Nicotine
(tobacco) Niflumic acid Ruthenium red Rutamarin (Ruta graveolens) Tolfenamic acid TPPO



MK6-83 PI(3,5)P2 SF-22



(Tripterygium wilfordii)


Ruthenium red



2-APB 5',6'-EET 9-HODE 9-oxoODE 12S-HETE 12S-HpETE 13-HODE 13-oxoODE 20-HETE α- Sanshool
(ginger, Sichuan and melegueta peppers) Allicin
(garlic) AM404 Anandamide Bisandrographolide (Andrographis paniculata) Camphor
(camphor laurel, rosemary, camphorweed, African blue basil, camphor basil) Cannabidiol
(cannabis) Cannabidivarin
(cannabis) Capsaicin
(chili pepper) Carvacrol
(oregano, thyme, pepperwort, wild bergamot, others) DHEA Diacyl glycerol Dihydrocapsaicin
(chili pepper) Estradiol Eugenol
(basil, clove) Evodiamine
(Euodia ruticarpa) Gingerols (ginger) GSK1016790A Heat Hepoxilin A3 Hepoxilin B3 Homocapsaicin
(chili pepper) Homodihydrocapsaicin
(chili pepper) Incensole
(incense) Lysophosphatidic acid Low pH (acidic conditions) Menthol
(mint) N-Arachidonoyl dopamine N-Oleoyldopamine N-Oleoylethanolamide Nonivamide
(PAVA) (PAVA spray) Nordihydrocapsaicin
(chili pepper) Paclitaxel
(Pacific yew) Paracetamol
(acetaminophen) Phorbol esters
Phorbol esters
(e.g., 4α-PDD) Piperine
(black pepper, long pepper) Polygodial
(Dorrigo pepper) Probenecid Protons RhTx Rutamarin (Ruta graveolens) Resiniferatoxin
(RTX) ( Euphorbia
resinifera/pooissonii) Shogaols (ginger, Sichuan and melegueta peppers) Tetrahydrocannabivarin
(cannabis) Thymol
(thyme, oregano) Tinyatoxin
( Euphorbia
resinifera/pooissonii) Tramadol Vanillin
(vanilla) Zucapsaicin


α- Spinasterol
( Vernonia
tweediana) AMG-517 Asivatrep BCTC Cannabigerol
(cannabis) Cannabigerolic acid (cannabis) Cannabigerovarin (cannabis) Cannabinol
(cannabis) Capsazepine DCDPC DHEA DHEA-S Flufenamic acid GRC-6211 HC-067047 Lanthanum Meclofenamic acid N-(p-amylcinnamoyl)anthranilic acid NGD-8243 Niflumic acid Pregnenolone sulfate RN-1734 RN-9893 Ruthenium red SB-705498 Tivanisiran Tolfenamic acid

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